For Immediate Release

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Nicole Tichon, Tax & Budget Reform Analyst                        
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ntichon@pirg.org

U.S. PIRG: $100 Billion a Year Hidden in Off-Shore Tax Havens

WASHINGTON - As Americans rush to
the post offices to pay their taxes tomorrow, Washington-based U.S. Public
Interest Research Group has released a new report showing how major US corporations avoid paying their
fair share by hiding money in tax havens like the Cayman Islands.  

Using data from the General Accountability Office
(GAO), congressional studies and Internal Revenue Service reports, Tax
Shell Game - The Taxpayer Cost of Offshore Corporate Tax Havens

illustrates how 83 of the 100 biggest corporations
in America dodge taxes by maintaining foreign subsidiaries in off-shore locations.  

"Today should be the last Tax Day
when high-priced accountants and secret post office boxes are valued over hard
work and accountability," said U.S. PIRG's Nicole Tichon, author of the report.  

Tax
Shell Game lays out the burden
put on taxpayers in each state by the $100 billion lost, and calls on Congress
to pass legislation that will close corporate tax loopholes. The report was
featured on page one of The Huffington Post and by other online, print and
broadcast media.  

Tax
Shell Game is available from
U.S. PIRG (http://www.uspirg.org/home/reports/report-archives/tax--budget-policy/tax--budget-policy--reports/tax-shell-game-the-taxpayer-cost-of-offshore-corporate-havens),
and will be released at press conferences, including a national teleconference,
and other events held around the country.  

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